Might & Power – BT3
Then God showed me: “A not –> B and B not –> A” because A not= B and B not= A
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I remembered this formula from my math days. I had to look up why. It’s a law of the universe He created! I asked why He showed me this. Then He said, “That’s why both of the things I said are true” from Might & Power – BT2. Anything of the flesh (A) absolutely cannot lead –> to Spirit (B) just as anything of the Spirit (B) cannot lead –> to the flesh (A). That’s what God really was showing me in the equations! Or in set theory: “Anything in the circle called ‘flesh’ absolutely cannot lead –> to anything in the circle called ‘Spirit’ and equally, anything in the circle called ‘Spirit’ absolutely cannot lead –> to anything in the circle called ‘flesh.’”
The “old A” not –> the “new B” and equally, the “new B” not –> the “old A.” Remember that “old” comes from Hebrew belo: “worn-out things, rag-like from balah: old, worn-out, decayed or yasha’n: old in time, dated or no longer used, withered, flabby like a lifeless plant or attiq: aged, ancient.” However, “old” can come from Greek palaios: “not just old, dated, or ancient in time, but also worn out by use, or worse for wear or palaioo the verb.” And “new” comes from Hebrew chadash or Greek kainos: “fresh, completely different-in-kind, unprecedented, sharing nothing with its predecessors, unique, and superior.” Can you see why the old and New simply can’t mix! They are oil and wine, but Christian religions are always trying to shake the bottle to see if they can get them to mix!
So, the Lord brought to me another verse to illustrate this – Galatians 5:17, “For the flesh (A) lusts/craves [things] against/in opposition to the Spirit (B), and the Spirit (B) against the flesh (A), for these are against/opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things ‘you’ want to do.” Mathematically, this A not= B and B not= A is called the “symmetry of equality” law of mathematics viewed “in the negative.”
Now if you are the natural man “by the flesh” (A) who has been exposed to the Torah/Nomos Law of conditional-favor of God either in scripture or their “principles or instruction” in your conscience that says, “Do not covet/lust after a woman,” even if you agree that the Law is “good” (like Jews would say) or that it is “of/belonging to the Spirit” (as a Messianic Jew or Christian would say), the “you” that you are (see Identity) will absolutely not in fact be able to “accomplish or perfect what was begun in the Spirit” (B). In math, A flesh not–> B Spirit because A not= B. That’s exactly what Paul says in Romans 7:7-25! You simply can’t add more “might and power” flesh (A) to “accomplish, finish, or perfect” in the Spirit (B) because the flesh (A) and Spirit (B) are opposed to each other or A not= B. You can’t work hard enough to perfect the things of the flesh to reach the perfection of the things of the Spirit! Religion keeps trying!
That’s what fasting and asceticism does – until it kills you! It is simply an “appearance or form of godliness devoid of its Spirit-power” (a). “They actually have an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-imposed religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are absolutely in fact of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh” (b). That’s why Jesus and His disciples never fasted (c) and again Jesus explains why: The completely different-in-kind “New” can’t be put into the “old” or sewn together with the “old.” They are 2 completely different-in-kind circles that cannot even touch! But the Christian religion hasn’t stopped trying! And neither has much of Christian music! <Notes> a) 2 Timothy 3:5, b) Colossians 2:23, c) Matthew 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22.
As Christian musicians, the flesh can’t lead us closer to the Spirit, nor the Spirit to the flesh – they oppose each other! The old things of the flesh simply don’t mix with the new things of the Spirit, like water and oil. If you try and store the New wine of the New Covenant Spirit in the old wineskin “self-imposed old covenant rituals of bodily disciplines, asceticism, fasting, and the like that are common to so many religions, although it sounds wise, both the wine and wineskins will be ruined.” The ways of religious flesh are “weak, feeble, useless, and of no advantage” and simply oppose the ways of the Spirit with are strong, useful, powerfully-enabling, and genuine-life. The two can’t be mixed or both are ruined. And neither can fleshly music be mixed with the Spirit’s music. You can’t improve fleshly music by playing it for God, nor can you improve the Spirit’s worship music by using fleshly methods to make it more successful.
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